though he has no idea what it is,
the jack of spades put cockswain

on his resume because he likes
the sound of swain.

he once waited until 11:59 pm,
on december 31st to turn

to the jack of clubs and say,
let me be the last to wish you
a happy new year.


bill campana made his debut on december 8, 1955. disappointed with his early attempts at life, he abandoned his native bedford, ohio for phoenix, arizona. disappointed with his early attempts at writing poetry, he abandoned the craft for 20 years before returning with focus and purpose in 1997. writing poetry with the intent of reading it aloud in public, he has called many venues “home” in the 18 years since, hosting and participating in poetry slams and poetry open mics (more often than not). bill is currently at {9} the gallery on phoenix’s legendary grand avenue, hosting the open mic portion of the caffeine corridor poetry series, now in its 7th year. this is his 3rd collection of poetry.

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